FRANKFORT - Over 500 students from around the area got a chance to learn about a career in agriculture, but what are our youth interested in on the farm?
Farming for your future is a chance for kids to learn about all aspects of the agriculture business, and Frankfort High School student Logan Doolen realizes it’s changing.
"We’re learning about mainly agriculture and how it’s like evolving."
Technology is playing a big role in that evolution. Drones are being used in a number of applications, and that’s peaking the interest of many youth even if they’re not interested in the farming industry.
"The technology on a farm is better because it’s more productive, and that’s the way the world’s going so we got to change with it."
Precision Farming Specialist Erick Haas explains how that type of technology is saving the farmer money.
"You take your typical farmer who’s got a thousand acres, and he’s out spreading fertilizer, if he’s overlapping 10-15 feet because he doesn’t know where he just was, that’s a lot of wasted time, fuel, and product. So this technology can get that overlap down to one inch, and that’s going to be the immediate savings for all the farmers out there."
Poland Central School student Hadyn Weakley is realizing the importance of her studies and how that knowledge can be applied to the changing technologies.
"It actually isn’t really just you going to math and learning geometry. That you’re actually learning things that you’re going to use in your skill. You’re learning skills that you’re going to be using in the real world. That’s what you want to do in life."
The goal here is to get the kids interested in a career in farming, but Mohawk Dairy Farmer Jeff Weeks thinks these kids need to be careful about their career choices.
"I would tell young kids now to get more into the AG business side more than the dairy or livestock. I mean if you want to raise a herd of beef go right ahead. That will be easier than trying to find a milk market."
The hands-on access to the exhibits gave these students the ability to help them decide if the ag business is right for them.